ALEXANDER HAHN

electronic media artist

Hahn's work addresses the electronic image as a technological metaphor for perception, memory and dream: signals oscillate between lighting up and blanking out, between sensory presence, mental apparition and oblivion.

 

contact:

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CV

 

Alexander Hahn is an electronic media artist. A graduate of the Zurich University of Arts with a master's degree in art education (1979), he participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York (1981).

He lives and works in Zürich and New York.

 

His work has been presented worldwide in museums and galleries since the late 1970s, most recently in solo exhibitions at Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern, Switzerland (2015), Harvestworks, NY (2013), Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Genoa, Italy (2008), Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara, Italy (2007), Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria (2007), Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland (2007), Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (2002); bi-personals at c | e ccontemporary, Milano, Italy (2014), San Francisco Moma (2008); group shows at the CAFA Museum, Beijing (2014), Anthology Archives, NY (2013), Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (2013), India Art Fair, New Delhi (2013), Art Cologne, Germany (2010), National Art Museum of China, Beijing (2009), etc.

 

Hahn's work has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies and awards including NYSCA, NYFA, and Art Matters, NY, sitemapping, Swiss National Grant, City of Zurich work grant, Cultural Prize of St. Gallen and Rapperswil; E.T.C., Signal Culture, Harvestworks residencies; Bogliasco Foundation, NY, Pro Helvetia Swiss Cultural Council, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Art+Com and DAAD, Berlin fellowships.

 

His works are in many private and public collections, among them the Musée Pompidou, Paris, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Kunsthaus Zürich, Musée Jenisch, Vevey.

 

In addition to reviews in Art Papers, Radio WBAI, NY, Huffington Post, Il Manifesto, Milano, Basler Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Berliner Zeitung, Kunstbulletin and others, various catalogs about his work have been published, most notably "Alexander Hahn - Works 1976-2007," Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany (2007)

CV

 

Born in Rapperswil | Switzerland, 1954

MFA, Hochschule der Künste/University of the Arts, Zürich, 1974-1979

Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York, 1981

 

lives and works in New York and Zurich

 

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2017  Schlesinger Stiftung, Wald/AR/CH (Moonlighting: Dance by lunar polarity) (curator: Christian Rothmaler)

2015  Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern/CH (All the World is a Stage)

2013  NY Electronic Festival, Harvestworks, New York (Indian Records)

2012  Harvestworks, New York (Cao Chang Di Road on November 24 2009 I Stood There Waiting)

2010  Kunstraum Oktogon, Bern/CH (Bringing Things to a Standstill)

         Le Petit Versailles, New York (Luminous Point)

2008 Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa/IT

         (Festival della Scienza: Alexander Hahn - Luminous Point)

2007 Padiglione d‘Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara/IT (La Signoria degli Astri)

         Museum der Moderne Salzburg/AT (Works 1976-2006)

         Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH (Works 1976-2006)

2006 Darat-al-Funun, Amman/JO

2003 Kunsthalle Winterthur (Mémoires Astrales d'un Homme Volant)

2002 Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (Mémoires Astrales d'un Homme Volant)

2000 Netmage, LINK, Bologna/IT (Memory of Presence)

1999  Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin/DE (I Came Here to Sleep)

1998  World Wide Video Festival, Amsterdam/NL (Popular Admiration of Great Thieves)

1997  Kunstmuseum Bern/CH

1996  International Center of Photography, New York/US (Fundamentals of Legerdemain)

         Galeria Foksal, Warsaw/PL (On the Nature of Things)

1995  Kunsthaus Zürich/CH (Personal Records)

1994  Daad Galerie, Berlin/DE (Rats)

1993  World Wide Video Centre, The Hague/NL

1984  White Columns, New York/US (Cyborgs and Other New Machines)

1982  Franklin Furnace, New York/US (Plant #50-316)

1979  Galerie Toni Gerber, Bern/CH (Wege)

1978  Galerie Apropos, Luzern/CH (Wege)

 

 

Bi-personal Exhibitions

 

2014  c|e contemporary, Milan/IT (Vis-à-vis #6: Chiara Coccorese | Alexander Hahn)

2008 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco/US

          (Room for Thought: Alexander Hahn & Yves Netzhammer) (curator: Rudolf Frieling)

 

 

Group exhibitions and festivals, including ::

 

2017   Rebel Video, Swiss National Museum, Zurich/CH (curator: Heinz Nigg)

          Measured Time, Art&Friends at Deutsches Haus at NYU, New York (curator: Regula Ruegg)

          Ewige Gegenwart. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Graphischen Sammlung ETH Zürich,

         Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich und Helmhaus Zürich/CH (curators: Linda Schädler & Simon Maurer)

2016  Zeit verstreichen. Moment und Dauer in der Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH

         (curator: Patricia Bieder)

         Von Anselm bis Zilla: Einblicke in die Sammlung Peter & Elisabeth Bosshard  Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil/CH

         (curator: Petra Giezendanner)

         Dreamscapes, Bronx Breeze, New York (curator: Anna Pasztor)

         Art&Friends, Deutsches Haus At NYU, New York (curators: Regula Ruegg, Katrin Roos)

         Nel Flusso dell'Opera, Contemporary Culture Center, Palazzo Tagliaferro, Andora/IT (curator: Viana Conti)

         Festival della Scienza, Genova/IT

         Film Implosion! Experiments in Swiss Cinema and Moving Images, Fri-Art Centre d'art contemporain,

         Fribourg/CH (11.21.2015-02.21.2016)

2015  The Experimental TV Center, ETC - a History, Hunter Gallery, New York (curator: Sarah A. Watson)

         Heimspiel, Kunsthalle St. Gallen/CH

2014  Hyper-Seeing, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing/CN (curator: Keyi Messi Luo)

         TI-CH. Arte svizzera nelle acquisizioni del Museo Cantonale d’Arte, 1999-2014, Museo cantonale d'arte,

         Lugano/CH (curator: Elio Schenini)

2013  Lemancolia, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (curator: Dominique Radrizzani)

         Experimental Documentaries, Anthology Archives, New York (curator: Tova Beck-Friedmann)

         Difference Screen, Artisterium, Tbilisi/GE (curator: Bruce Allan & Ben Eastop)

         Difference Screen, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar/MN

         Difference Screen, Clarewell Caves, Forest of Dean/GB

         VideoEx, Zürich/CH

         Parallel Cities, Goethe Institut Max Mueller Bhawan, New Delhi/IN

         Sarai Reader 09 | Event 03, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon/IN (curator: media Raqs)

2012  Video Lounge, India Art Fair, New Delhi/IN

         Heimspiel, Kunsthalle St. Gallen/CH

         Springende Lachse, Kunst(Zeug)Haus, Rapperswil/CH (2012)

2011   ctrl + 0 - digital Art, nextex, St. Gallen/CH (curator: Corinne Schatz)

         Experimental Television Center Tribute, Anthology Film Archives, New York (curator: Sherry Miller)

         Art&Friends, Deutsches Haus, New York (curator: Regula Ruegg & Karin Roos)

         Amphibian, Time In Gallery, New York (curator: Mathew Greenbaum)

         Café des Rêves, Helmhaus Zurich/CH (curator:videocompany)

2010  IMAI Videolounge, Art Cologne/DE

         Festival des Films sur l'Art, Montréal/CA (curator: Chantal Molleur)

          Timelapse, Centre PasquArt, Bienne/CH (curator: Zhang Ga)

          Imaging the Future, 5th Edition, Theatre du Passage, Neuchatel/CH

          An Evening of Swiss Video Art, Kunsthaus Aarau/CH

          Die Entdeckung der Langsamkeit, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH (curator: Christoph Voegele)

          Playlist - a cura di Viana Conti, Galleria NeonCampobase, Bologna/IT (curator: Viana Conti)

          Videonale Bonn/DE

2009  Media Art China 2009 : Timelapse, National Art Museum of China, Beijing/CN (curator: Zhang Ga)

          art limited – multiple art, 18th Triennale Grenchen/CH (curator: Damiel Gaemperle & Thomas Woodtli)

2008  30th Anniversary Benefit, Harvestworks, New York/US

          Swiss Video Art from the 70s and 80s. A Reconstruction, Kunstmuseum Lucerne/CH

          (curators: Johannes Gfeller & Irene Schubiger)

          I LOVE Jenisch, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (curator: Dominique Radrizzani)

          Comme des bêtes, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts Lausanne/CH (curator: Bernard Fibicher)

2007  Brave Lonesome Cowboy, Villa Merkel, Esslingen/DE (curator: Konrad Bitterli)

          Unterwegs, Trudelhaus, Baden/CH (curator: Brigitta Rosenberg)

2005  Dumbo Arts Festival, New York

          Cinema Texas, Austin

          Gallery 128, New York

          Transat Video, Caen/FR

          Mediaart Friesland, Harlingen/ NL

          Brennpunkt Schweiz, Kunstmuseum Bern/CH

          Me myself I, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (curator: Konrad Bitterli)  (12.04.2004-04.17.2005)

2004  whiz bang, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY and Harvestworks, New York/US (curator: Meg Shiffler)

2003  Travel of the Immobile Man, Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca/IT (curator: Viana Conti)

2002  Travel of the Immobile Man, Villa Croce, Genova/IT (curator: Viana Conti)

           Images of Catastrophe, 48. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen/DE (curator: Florian Wüst)

          ZZ zur Zeit, Institut für digitale Kultur [IDK] Palais Besenval, Solothurn/CH (06.15.2002-06.29.2002)

2000  Bleibe, Akademie der Künste, Berlin/DE (curators: Karen & Jörg van den Berg)

1999    au naturel, Oboro, Montréal (curator: Florian Wuest)

           Phototage, Biel/CH (curators: Vincent Juillerat & Stefano Stoll)

           MediaSkulptur '99. Video-Kunst-Szene-Schweiz, Kunsthaus Langenthal/CH (10.14.1999-11.07.1999)

1996   Video-Vidim, Swiss Institute, New York (curators: Esther Maria Jungo & Maria Smolenicka)

           Lointain. Wege des Imaginären in der Wiedergabe des Realen, Untere Fabrik Sissach/CH

           (curator: Esther Maria Jungo)

1995   Vagamundo: reflexiones sobre el exilio, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid/ES

1994   Lab V, Center for Contemporary Arts, Warschau/PL (curator: Ryszard Kluczyński)

1993   The Final Frontier, The New Museum, New York (curator: Alice Yang)

          Museum of Modern Art, Oslo/NO

          Neues Technisches Museum, Dresden/DE

1992   Projekt Schweiz, Kunsthalle Basel/CH

1989   Videoskulptur, Kunstverein Köln/DE  (curators: Edith Decker & Wulf Herzogenrath)

          Videoskulptur, Kunsthaus Zürich/CH (curators: Edith Decker & Wulf Herzogenrath

          Artists Space, New York/US

          Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Tokyo/JP

          Video Gallery Scan, Tokyo/JP

1988  SIGGRAPH, Atlanta, Georgia

         3rd Australian Video Festival, Sydney/AU

         North Florida Video Festival, Jacksonville

         Video Wochen im Wenkenpark, Basel/CH (curators: Reinhard Manz & René Pulfer)

         WNET/13, New Television, New York (curator: Cara Mertes)

1987  Stiller Nachmittag: Aspekte Junger Schweizer Kunst, Kunsthaus Zürich (curator: Toni Stooss)

         American Film Institute, Los Angeles

         American Museum of the Moving Image, New York

         Techno Bop, The Kitchen, New York (curator: Sara Hornbacher)

         Ars Electronica, Linz/AT

         Int’l Festival of New Cinema/Video, Montreal/CN

         World Wide Video Festival, Den Haag/NL

         American Film Institute, Los Angeles

1986  Anthology Archives, New York

1986  Cast Iron Cable TV, New York (curator: Ira Schneider)

1986  Städtische Galerie Erlangen/DE

1985  Alternating Currents, Alternative Museum, New York

          Future Histories, Anderson Gallery, Richmond/US

          Video Works On Paper, Film Video Arts, New York

          Fri.Art. Made in Switzerland, The Kitchen, New York

1984  Artists as Filmakers, Franklin Furnace

          Makkom, Amsterdam/NL

          Video 84, Montréal/CA

1983   International Video Art Festival, Locarno/CH

          Szene Schweiz, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne/DE

          Image Latente, 96 Grand Street Gallery, New York

          Terminal Show, Brooklyn

          Science & Prophecy, White Columns (curator: Steven Whitesell & Joel Handorff)

          Catchwords, Caidoz Gallery, New York (curator: Alexander Hahn & Robert Montoya)

1982   Campus, Montréal/CA (curator: Monti Cantsin)

          International Video Art Festival, Locarno

          Judy Caden Gallery, New York (curator: Phyllis Bulkin Lehrer)

         The Pyramid, New York

         Ward Nasse Gallery, New York (curator: Maggie Reilly)

1981   A's, New York

         Des Refuses, New York

         Monumental Show, Brooklyn (curators: Frank Shiffreen, Michael Keane & George Moore)

 

 

Video installations, among them ::

 

Moonlighting: Dsnce by lunar polarity, 360º VR (2017)

Making Savaale Samaali, mixed media, HD video loop, dimensions variable (2016)

Boy by the Ganges, mixed media, HD video loop, dimensions variable (2016)

Coded Fluorescent Light, for 4K video lcd panel or 3 channel HD video projection, 5:55' loop (2016)

The Dead | Nico Castel, Lou Reed, Taylor Mead, etc., 12 HD video loops for mirrored cylinders (2015)

Morse Rigveda X, 158, 4-5, HD video projection or flatscreen, 1:34', loop, (2012)

Caochangdi Road, HD video projection, 41:43', loop,(2012)

The Dead | Max Mathews, HD loop for mirrored cylinder (2012)

ON, single channel HD loop (2012)

Public Spaces - Private Strangers - Temporal Attractions, 3 channel HD video for LCD (2011)

Luminous Point, interactive DVD (2007)

Occurrence on Broadway & Columbus, circular floor projection (2005)

N 36º25’12” W 116º48’43“ (Zabriskie Pt.), 16:9 plasma display work (2004)

Rabbit in your Headlights, 2 ch. anamorph video mural (2003)

5 Anaµorphoses, 5 TV tubes & cylindrical mirrors (2002)

Plant Cycle, computer animation for 4:3 TV tube or LCD monitor

Memory of Present, 4 anamorph video projections (2000)

My Own Private Universe, 3 computer animations for rear projection (1999)

Memory of Light - Light of Memory, for 2 video projectors (1998)

The Invisible Never Happens, for 3 video projectors and wax screens (1998)

My Life as a Ghost, linear anamorphic video for 2  projectors (1998)

Séance, for image wiper and video projector (1997)

On The Nature Of Things, for rain machine, 4 TV tubes & 1 video beam (1996)

The Kircher Itinerary, cycle of 4 installations w. stripped tv tubes (1990-1993)

Arthur, 5 video channels for 8 TV tubes, soundscape w. 10 audio channels (1988),

Urban Memories, for 3 TV monitors (1986)

Plant # 216/349, 2 TV-tubes, doll, anamorph paper shapes (1982)

 

 

Single Channel Videos, e.g. ::

 

Antloop, 6:27' (2013)

Indian Records, 33:28' (2013)

Shades of Gray 1 & 2, 3:00' (2012)

Capturing Natural Sounds in the age of the vintage 78 records and other thoughts on traveling between different realities, parts 1-4, 8:21‘ (2005)

Dirt Site, 15:30' (1990)

Aerial Stills, 5:00' (1988)

Viewers of Optics, 11:30' (1987)

Aviation Memories, 7:30' (1986)

Secret Sanctions, 10:00' (1986)

State of Being, 20:00' (1982)

The Outer Plant, 28:00' (1982)

A Real World Film, 6:00' (1981)

Demis, 15:00' (1977)

Jona, 3:00' (1977)

 

 

CG Imagery | Prints, most recent ::

 

Titian’s The Submersion of the Pharaoh’s Army in the Upper New York Bay as seen in the Fogg Museum (2015)

Bringing Things to a Standstill (2010 + ongoing)

The Artist's Studio as Encryption Lab (1996 + ongoing)

Black Hole Sun (2007-2010)

Answerable Questions & Questionable Answers to Various Visual Systems (2001+ ongoing)

 

 

Awards

 

Cultural Prize of the City of Rapperswil-Jona/CH (2011)

Cultural Award of St. Gallen/CH (2009)

Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (2008)

Work Grant of the City of Zurich/CH (2007)

Finishing Funds Experimental TV Center, Owego, NY/US (2005)

the namics Art Prize/CH (2002)

Cultural Foundation Award, Union Bank of Switzerland (2003)

The Laser d’Oro, VideoArt Festival, Locarno/CH (1998)

Price for Young Swiss Art, Zurich/CH (1995)

Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1995)

Swiss National Grant/CH (1993)

World Wide Video Festival Installation Award for The Bernoulli Itinerary, The Hague/NL (1992)

Grand Prix Festival International du Jeune Vidéo for Dirt Site, Montréal/CA (1992)

Special Mention 6ème MIV & TV Festival for Dirt Site, Montbéliard/FR (1992)

Work of Excellence for Dirt Site, Tokyo Video Festival/JP (1990)

Honorable Mention for Dirt Site, Australian Video Festival (1990)

Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1990)

Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1989)

San Francisco Poetry Film Festival Kenneth Patchen Award for Arthur (1989)

Swiss National Grant/CH (1988)

World Wide Video Festival Installation Award for Arthur, The Hague/NL (1992)

Media Production Grant of the New York State Council on the Arts, New York (1988)

Recognition Award for Urban Memories, Union Bank of Switzerland (1987)

Swiss National Grant/CH (1987)

Grand Prix de la Ville de Genève for Viewers of Optics, 2e Semaine Internationale de Vidéo, Genève/CH (1987)

Best of Festival for Viewers of Optics, North Florida Video Festival (1987)

Award 12th Poetry Film Festival for Viewers of Optics, San Francisco (1987)

1st Prize Computer Graphics for Urban Memories,

Video Culture International, Don Mills, Ontario/CA (1987)

New York Foundation for the Arts/US (1986)

Art Matters, New York (1986)

Cultural Foundation Award, Union Bank of Switzerland (1985)

Committee for the Visual Arts Grant, New York (1984)

Fondation de la Vocation (1984)

 

 

Artist in Residencies

 

Pro Helvetia, Swiss Cultural Council India Residency, New Delhi + Varanasi (2012)

Bogliasco Foundation, Artist in Residence, Genova/IT (2006)

Darat-al-Funun A.I.R., Amman/JO (2006)

art+com, Artist in Residence, Berlin/DE (1994-1995)

DAAD fellowship, Berlin/DE (1993)

Istituto Svizzero di Roma (1990)

Harvestworks Residency, New York/US (1989)

Experimental Television Center Residency, Owego/NY (1986, annually through 2012)

 

 

Visiting Artist Lectures

 

Pratt Institute for Art and Design, New York (2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2009, 2003)

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland (2015, 2002)

Tongji University, Shanghai, China (2014)

School of Design, Basel, Switzerland (2014, 2007, 1986)

Fudan University, Shanghai, China (2009)

Media Art Academy Hangzhou, China (2009)

Now Art Museum, Beijing, China (2009)

CEPV, Centre d'enseignement professionel de Vevey, Switzerland (2007, 2008, 2009)

ESBAT, École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Tours, France (1997)

Kunstschule Wetzikon, Switzerland (2000)

Humboldt University, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Berlin, Germany (1999)

University of Fine Arts, Zurich, Switzerland (1997)

University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany ( 1993)

Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany (1993)

 

 

Monographic Publications

 

Alexander Hahn - La Signoria degli Astri/The Signiory of Stars, 36p./DVD, Italian, Padiglione d‘Arte Contemporaneo, Ferrara/IT (2007)

Alexander Hahn/Works 1976-2006, 236 p./DVD, German/English, Kunstmuseum Solothurn/CH, Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg/DE (2007)

Mémoires Astrales d'un Homme Volant/Astral Memories of a Flying Man, 72 p. French/English, Musée Jenisch, Vevey/CH (2002)

O Naturze Rzecze/On the Nature of Things, 36 p. Polish/English, Galeria Foksal, Warsaw/PL (1996)

La natura delle Cose, 36 p. Italian/English, Link Project, Bologna/IT (1996)

Personal Records, 72 p. German/English, Kunsthaus Zürich/CH (1995)

Godzina Iluzji, artist book, 48p. Polish translation, Warsaw/PL (1995)

Rats/Ratten, 72 p. German/English, DAAD Galerie Berlin/CH (1994)

Of Shadow & Light, 36p., English. World Wide Video Centre, Den Haag/NL, Stop Over Press, Berlin/DE

One Hour of Deception, artist book, 48p. English, Istituto Svizzero, Roma, IT (1991)

Electronic Media, 48p. German/English, Kunstreihe Pro Helvetia, Zürich/CH (1989)

A Long Shot of Delft, oneiric novel, 40p., New York (1985)